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24 October 2005 Military News

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  • Introductory flight training undergoing changes AFPN 24 Oct 2005 -- The introductory flight training program that prepares pilot candidates for specialized undergraduate pilot training will decrease from 50 to 25 hours next fall.
  • Davis-Monthan getting combined air operations center AFPN 24 Oct 2005 -- The Air Force broke ground on a new combined air operations center here.
  • VAQ-139 First EA-6B Squadron to Utilize ICAP III Upgrade Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- The "Cougars" of VAQ-139 became the first EA-6B "Prowler" squadron to deploy at sea with the Improved Capability (ICAP) III system this summer.
  • USS Ronald Reagan, Carrier Strike Group 7 Begin COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- The officers and crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Commander, Carrier Strike Group (COMCARSTRKGRU) 7 and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed San Diego Oct. 17 and began their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a major requirement for the carrier strike group's certification as ready for deployment.
  • Forward Deployed Sailors, Marines Begin PHIBLEX 06 Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- Sailors and Marines from the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Republic of the Philippines Oct. 22 to begin Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 06.
  • Pearl Harbor Makes Second Relief Delivery to Pakistan Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- Karachi welcomed the return of USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Oct. 24 as it pulled into the port city for the second time this week, carrying 140 tons of relief supplies destined for the earthquake-devastated region of northern Pakistan.
  • McClusky Makes Second Significant Drug Bust Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- While patrolling in the Eastern Pacific in October, USS McClusky (FFG 41), with its embarked helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, completed a second major drug interdiction.
  • Enterprise Completes Flight Deck Certification Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Air Department completed flight deck certification Oct. 19.
  • Oscar Austin's Damage Control Team Provides Training to Bahraini Ship Navy NewsStand 24 Oct 2005 -- USS Oscar Austin's (DDG 79) Damage Control Training Team and senior members from the ship's Engineering Repair Division embarked the Bahraini Ship RBNS Sabha, a former Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, Oct. 9 to discuss the procedures, organization, and importance of damage control at Bahrain's Naval Station.

  • Romania, United States Nearing Agreement on Military Bases Washington File 24 Oct 2005 -- The United States and Romania expect to reach an agreement "very soon" to set up American military facilities on or near the Black Sea, U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said October 23 in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Romania Says Agreement Near On U.S. Military Base REF/RL 24 Oct 2005 -- Romanian President Traiann Basescu says negotiations for a U.S. military base in his country are nearly finished.

  • Vilnius Conference To Discuss Ukraine Military REF/RL 24 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld joins European colleagues today to examine how they can help Ukraine overhaul its oversized military -- a key condition Kyiv must fulfill if it is to join the NATO alliance.

  • State Department Briefing, October 24 Washington File 24 Oct 2005 -- Iraq/bombings in Baghdad, Iraq/election update, Syria/Lebanon, Mehlis report, Netherlands/Rice's meeting with Foreign Minister Bot
  • White House Briefing, October 24 Washington File 24 Oct 2005 -- Bush/Cabinet meeting, Hurricane Wilma, Middle East, leak investigation, White House agenda/priorities, Harriet Miers nomination, Mehlis report, economy, tax reform, Federal Reserve, border patrol, Syria, North Korea, India

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